Workplace accidents are very common in the construction industry. Unfortunately, fatal construction accidents have increased in 2012, according to a new report by the U.S. Labor Department. Workplace fatalities have increased by five percent in the construction industry during the last year.
The Labor Department reported that last year, 775 workers died in the construction industry, an increase from the 738 fatalities recorded in 2011. Previously, fatal construction accidents had declined during the previous five years.
With construction accidents and injuries decreasing in the past, why have fatal accidents increased by five percent in just the last year?
Some industry groups believe the recession may have led to fewer fatal construction accidents and injuries because there were not as many people working in the construction industry. Now that the economy and housing market are improving, there is more demand for construction workers. The increase in demand for construction workers may have played a role in the increase in accidents and death this past year. The increased demand could also mean that some construction workers were not properly trained before working on a project, increasing the risk of being injured.
The construction industry has always been dangerous for workers. Construction workers should be aware of the hazards they may face every day and take steps to reduce the risks of being injured on-the-job. It is also up to the employer to make sure they are providing workers with appropriate training and safety equipment to do their jobs safely.
Construction workers who do suffer a workplace injury may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits in New Hampshire. Injured workers should be familiar with their rights in the workplace and notify their supervisor of any safety hazards or violations that put workers at risk.
Source: Philly, “Worker deaths up in construction, mining,” Jane M. Von Bergen, Aug. 26, 2013